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first_imgA new scheme has been drawn up by Watkin Jones to build student accommodation on a controversial plot in St. Clements.A previous project sparked months of protests from residents, 140 businesses and the University, with objections about a loss of car parking and the impact on an area of conservation near Magdalen college.The original £8m plans were to provide 141 students with accommodation, reducing the number of car parking spaces in the area from 120 to 76. Traders claimed the lack of spaces could seriously damage their business, as shoppers could have nowhere to park for about a year. The scheme was eventually rejected by counsellors.Watkin Jones came back with a new suggestion a year later. As well as reducing the height of buildings, the developers say the new scheme will provide 80 car parking places, six more than the earlier scheme. As St Clement’s car park would have to close for a year of building work, new plans have been drawn up to provide a temporary car park for 65 vehicles off Marston Road. The plans include new public toilets and the landscaping of the riverbank.After a design competition, Manchester based firm Hodder and Jones have drawn up a plan, which features two rows of student flats either side of a pedestrian street, connected by a glass bridge. The idea is to maintain the former street pattern, once occupied by the historic Pensons Gardens, and to enhance views from the flats of the River Cherwell and meadows.Roger Smith, of planning consultants Savills, said, “We consider that this is a much better proposal, which takes account of the conservation area, the amenity of local residents and provides a greater level of temporary parking during the period of construction.”The developers hope that a planning application could be submitted in June, with a view to students moving in by September 2013.Watkin and Jones still intend to appeal against the city council’s decision to reject the earlier scheme.last_img read more

first_imgHow Hoosiers Should Handle Problems With Their Dates Of Birth OF First Names In Their Voter RegistrationINDIANAPOLIS (October 18, 2016) – Hoosier voters have contacted the Secretary of State’s office after discovering the date of birth or first name on their voter registration is incorrect. This causes the voter to believe they are not registered because they cannot locate their information on Indianavoters.com.“We ran a report in the statewide voter registration system and found thousands of dates of births and first names were changed,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “These records were changed on paper forms, at the BMV and online. At this time, my office is not sure why these records were changed, but we have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication it has been compromised. We believe this may be a case of voter fraud and have turned our findings over to the State Police, who are currently conducting an investigation into alleged voter fraud.”When voters go to find their registration record online at Indianavoters.com, they are required to put in their name, county of residence and date of birth. If the date of birth or name is incorrect, the voter cannot find their registration, leading them to believe they are no longer registered to vote in the upcoming election. The voters who have encountered this issue and have contacted the Secretary of State’s office did vote in the Primary Election.Voters who voted in the Primary Election and can no longer find themselves on Indianavoters.com are encouraged to contact their local county election officials. The county election offices may be able to find a voter’s record if there is an issue with a voter’s date of birth or first name. Since the voter registration deadline has passed, only the county election offices may be able to assist voters to correct information under limited circumstances.Voters who find their date of birth or first name is incorrect on their registration will still be able to vote in the November 8th General Election. Voters who explore entering different dates of birth may discover their record. They would then be able to correct their date of birth for their voting record on Indianavoters.com. The correction will not take place until 30 days after the election, but the voter will be able to vote on November 8th or participate in early voting.All voters are encouraged to vote early to ensure they will not encounter any issues when casting their ballot this year. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Voters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.last_img read more

first_imgHUDSON COUNTY – Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari is issuing a warning to local citizens about a telephone scam that is targeting local residents, particularly senior citizens.The Sheriff’s Office has received complaints from residents who report that someone claiming to be a police deputy has called them and requested money to avoid arrest for Jury Duty violations or other outstanding warrants. These calls first started popping up in Essex, Morris, and Bergen counties and have now spread to Jersey City and Hudson County.Other callers have told residents that they owe back taxes and face arrest if the amount isn’t paid. Phone scammers are asking victims to retrieve money on a money card, which is a prepaid credit card. After initially asking to meet them at a certain location, scammers will then ask them to just give the money card information over the phone.Some have even referred to a captain or other officer to make the call appear legitimate.“I want to make it clear to all Hudson County residents that our office does not make such calls,” said Sheriff Schillari. “Our department is working diligently to find these scam artists who victimize working people and seniors and bring them to justice. We ask all residents to be on alert and let us know if they receive a call like this. People should be extremely careful about sharing any personal information on the telephone with someone whom they do not know.”Anyone with further information about these calls or to report receiving one is asked to contact the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office at (201) 369-4330. ×last_img read more

first_imgRecently I read an article which implied that small companies should think and act ’big’, if they want to actually become big. The writer then proceeded to tell readers to hire people that they would not actually need until the following year, once the company had grown.Great, but how do you pay their salaries? When I started, we were often short of cash to pay wages for the staff we had, let alone for extra staff we did not need.This is why I have reservations about consultants – they always seem to come up with ideas that need more cash than I have to spend.If consultants are all so clever, why don’t they run their own business and make money, rather than try to tell me how to run mine?So many consultants appear to have been made redundant by the companies they worked for. A question that always enters my head is that if they were so good at their job, why did they get made redundant in the first place?Many of the people that hand out business advice have never run a small company with very little capital. They simply wouldn’t preach such rubbish, if they had.Mind you, a great deal of rubbish is written in papers and magazines, with the exception of British Baker, of course! For example, there was an article in The Observer recently with the headline: “Can shop-bought bread be ethical?”The writer went on to ask why a perfectly ordinary loaf should pass the £1 mark. She obviously had no idea of the cost of ingredients, labour, overheads and distribution. Need I go on?These writers must live in a cocoon, untouched by reality, although if they are paid to write at least they should acquire a little knowledge of the subject.The journalist went on to attack the Chorleywood bread-making process, stating that bread made in this way is not good for you.Well, there may be an element of truth in that, but I would have thought it is something of an overstatement.Artisan bread is better for you and tastes superior but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that it requires a great deal more skill, time and labour to make, thus it costs more to produce.We are told there are 30,000 bakers in France and only 3,000 in the UK. Could one of the reasons for this be that people like this journalist are beefing about paying over £1 for a loaf?The oddest thing in The Observer article, however, was the statement that the Chorleywood process is energy intensive. The writer advised readers to make their own bread in breadmakers instead as they only use 400 to 800 watts of electricity.Now, I may be thick, but if everybody made their own bread, the energy consumption would be huge. Just imagine 40 million people all switching on their bread- makers each day! nlast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) last week launched a five-pronged commitment to make a difference to the environment in areas where they felt they make the biggest impact.The initiative, launched in London at an event addressed by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, will aim to stop any food and packaging waste being sent to landfill sites from 2015. The FDF said members would also make a signficant contribution to efforts to achieve an absolute reduction in the level of packaging reaching households by 2010 compared to 2005 and advise consumers on how to recycle used packaging.Other parts of the FDF commitment include a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2010 compared to 1990 and an aspiration to reduce them by 30% by 2020, better environmental standards in the transport industry to achieve ’fewer and friendlier food transport miles’ and a 20% reduction in the environmental and social impacts of the food chain.last_img read more

first_img== Calorie clarity ==Pret A Manger and Subway are among 18 major catering companies introducing calorie information on their menus for the first time, initially on a trial basis. Pret is to trial it in one store initially, with plans to expand to a further 24 shops. Subway stated it would display it in a minimum of six stores initially. The move coincided with the first annual report of the government’s obesity strategy Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives – One Year On.== Costa reaches 900 ==Costa Coffee this week broke through the 900-store mark as the branded coffee shop sector showed little sign of a slowdown in the recession. With a new outlet opening in London’s Piccadilly on Wednesday, a spokesperson told British Baker that Costa would open 100 stores in 2009. Costa also spent £150,000 on the opening this week of its third barista training academy in Newbury.== Supermarket agenda ==A new business development programme designed to help food and drink producers secure supermarket listings has been launched by development organisation Scotland Food & Drink, Sainsbury’s and the Scottish Government. Eleven food and drink companies, including Kingdom Bakery, Mey Selections and Murdoch Allen & Sons, will start the six-month programme this month.—-=== On the web ===l New chairman of the NSA’s bakery steering group Ian Thomson, talks about the group’s strategyl British Baker is now on Twitter – follow us at http://twitter.com/BritishBakerl Chester based-bakers P&A Davies teams up with California Raisins on local Chester radioTo read the full stories check out bakeryinfo.co.uklast_img read more

first_imgThe 17th-annual Austin City Limits Music Festival will once again take over Zilker Park starting this weekend, Friday, October 5th through 7th, and return the following weekend, October 12th to 14th, in Austin, TX. This year, ACL Fest 2018 will deliver more than 125 bands across eight stages over two consecutive weekends, and it’s bringing their most impressive lineup to date. Headlining the event are Paul McCartney (only U.S. date), Metallica (only U.S. date), Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott (Texas debut), and Odesza.In conjunction with Red Bull TV, Austin City Limits has announced that it will webcast select acts from the first weekend as well as interviews and exclusive ACL segments, free for anyone with access to the internet. Paul McCartney, Metallica, The National, Father John Misty, Brandi Carlile, St. Vincent, Janelle Monáe, The Arctic Monkeys, Greta Van Fleet, Shakey Graves, and CHVRCHES are just a handful of artists set to be part of the weekend’s free webcast stream.Tune in here starting at 1 p.m. (CST), Friday, October 5th, for a non-stop musical marathon from one of the country’s most beloved music festivals.For more information on the festival, full schedule, or ticketing information, head to ACL’s website.last_img read more

first_imgSuffering is “one of those things that defines the human condition,” Arthur Kleinman told a gathering at the Harvard Faculty Club.More than a year ago, Kleinman, the Victor and William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, and David McCann, director of the Korea Institute and the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature, discussed organizing an Asia-focused symposium in response to Harvard President Drew Faust’s 2008 Civil War book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.”Kleinman and McCann’s conversation culminated in a Harvard panel on Friday (Nov. 5) with a collection of scholars who discussed the history, politics, poetries, prose, and anthropologies of suffering in Asian societies.In exploring examples of the literature of suffering, Karen Thornber said Chinese works on the Nanking Massacre, Korean writings about the Korean War, and Japanese prose and poetry dealing with the atomic bomb “graphically depicted the anguish of both soldiers and civilians, of both the living and the dying.”Like Civil War survivors, those who lived through the aftermath of the atomic bombings also found themselves in an “incomprehensible universe,” said Thornber, assistant professor of comparative literature. That sentiment, she noted, is revealed in the writings of the time.Japanese poet Toge Sankichi’s anthology “Poems of the Atomic Bomb” opens with the lines “Give back the fathers, give back the mothers, give back the elderly, give back the children, give back me … give back peace, a peace that will not crumble.”Sankichi was 24 and only three kilometers from ground zero when the bomb fell. He died at age 36 of leukemia, a disease believed related to his exposure to the blast’s radiation. His words, said Thornber, suggest that, like so many survivors, he felt “physically alive but psychologically obliterated.”Offering another perspective, Mark Elliott, acting director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, compared the Civil War and its legacy of suffering to that of the Taiping Rebellion, a brutal Chinese civil war from 1850 to 1864.Like the American Civil War, it was waged between rebel forces in the south and a northern government trying to preserve its union, and had a staggering death toll. But the conflict, Elliott argued, “is not part of the national discourse of suffering in modern China,” compared with the second Sino-Japanese War, or the Cultural Revolution.Still, he drew comparisons between the two conflicts. Referencing a point in Faust’s book that “Death created the modern American union,” Elliott said the Taiping Rebellion “led to radical restructuring of imperial societies and politics that contributed to the emergence of a republic.”Of Japan’s efforts to cope with the fact that its involvement in World War II is “largely reviled,” Susan Pharr, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, said, “It’s important to understand how crushingly difficult the task is.”Besides needing to express grief for those who lost their lives, communicate a sense of contrition, and recover a sense of self-esteem, Japan has to work to find meaning to the conflict to help future generations understand that the suffering was not in vain, said Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics.While she acknowledged one could fault Japan for its failure to deal effectively with the past, the task, she said, is “extraordinarily complex.”Adding a psychological dimension to the discussion, Kleinman suggested that painting the concept of suffering with the broad brush of trauma theory — the notion that all suffering results in emotional trauma that leads to long-term buried memories with negative consequences — is not necessarily the correct approach.Citing research from a forthcoming book in which he studied those traumatized by China’s Cultural Revolution over 30 years, Kleinman, who has done extensive work on mental illness in Chinese culture, said many of his subjects had decidedly different long-term responses to trauma.“What one sees is a weakening over time of the bite and sharpness of the most difficult of memories, a reworking of memories, and then a sense of increasing balance, a balance between where memories should be and where both the current period and the future lies.”Partly in play is the notion that over time, “Different contextual settings radically change the subjective experience of the past.”Kleinman compared studies in which Holocaust survivors are placed in a laboratory setting and encouraged to recount their memories, versus what happens to them in their daily lives. When examined in an everyday context, the trauma and the memories are not gone, but “reinterpreted and reworked,” he said. “The consequence is that people are able to get on with their lives.”His questioning of trauma theory, Kleinman said, extends to broader concerns about how society increasingly quantifies suffering in economic terms. Casting suffering in an economic framework, Kleinman said, will be “as dangerous a remaking as trauma theory’s remaking of suffering.”Besides being Harvard’s president, Faust is a Civil War scholar and the Lincoln Professor of History. Her book examines the culture spawned by the unprecedented fatalities of the conflict.Faust came to study the Civil War in large part because of her graduate training, which inspired her interest in researching history from “inside the experience” of people in a culture. In addition, she said, she realized that the literature on the Civil War had essentially neglected the topic of death, what she called “an essential part of the …  experience.”“The Civil War, I came to understand, is a significant and transitional moment in the way human beings have related to suffering,” said Faust, who said that many participants in the conflict felt they had elevated the concept of suffering to a “higher level,” one that led to a more humanitarian age and the rise of abolitionism, human rights doctrines, and even the movement against cruelty to animals.“They were aware of a shift in the human condition, in which suffering was seen as terrible, intolerable — not just as a condition of life, but as something that should be resisted.”last_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 The Tucks are (finally) heading to Broadway! The musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting will open on April 17, 2016 at a Shubert Theater to be announced. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, performances will begin on March 19; the production premiered at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre earlier this year, starring Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Casting for the Great White Way incarnation will be announced later.Featuring music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear, Tuck Everlasting follows a young girl and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from an enchanted spring. Based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, the story has twice been adapted for the screen.The production will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Brian Ronan. Related Shows View Comments Tuck Everlastinglast_img read more

first_imgNick Cordero & Richard H. Blake(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments Related Shows Richard H. Blake A Bronx Tale From Paper Mill Playhouse to the Great White Way! Broadway faves Richard H. Blake and Nick Cordero will lead the cast of A Bronx Tale, reprising their respective roles as Lorenzo and Sonny. Co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, the production will begin previews on November 3 and officially open on December 1 at the Longacre Theatre. The tuner bowed at Paper Mill Playhouse last year; Blake, Cordero and Jason Gotay headlined the limited engagement at the New Jersey venue.Bobby Conte Thornton will make his Broadway debut in the role of Calogero, previously played by Gotay; Ariana DeBose (Hamilton) and Bradley Gibson (Rocky) also join the cast as Jane and Tyrone, respectively. Lucia Giannetta (Les Misérables) reprises her Paper Mill role as Rosina. The role of Young Calogero will be announced at a later date.The cast is rounded out by Gilbert L. Bailey II (The Book Of Mormon), Joe Barbara (Grease), Michael Barra, Jonathan Brody (Spamalot), Ted Brunetti (Falsettos), Brittany Conigatti, Kaleigh Cronin (Cabaret), Trista Dollison (The Lion King), David Michael Garry (The Last Ship), Rory Max Kaplan (Jersey Boys), Dominic Nolfi (Jersey Boys), Christiani Pitts, Paul Salvatoriello (Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding), Joey Sorge (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Cary David Tedder (Memphis), Kirstin Tucker (Cinderella), Keith White (Jersey Boys), Michelle Aravena (Rocky), Gerald Caesar, Charlie Marcus (A Chorus Line), Wonu Ogunfowora, and Joseph J. Simeone.Featuring a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken (Aladdin) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (Aladdin, School of Rock), A Bronx Tale is inspired by the real life story of Palminteri. The streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 5, 2018 Bobby Conte Thorntonlast_img read more